August Athlete of the Month: Doug Zwiers


Congratulations Doug, you are our August Athlete of the Month!

Doug has been a NoCoaster since last October, but has been CrossFitting for over 3 and a half years now. Since starting at NoCoast and focusing on his nutrition, Doug has lost 50 lbs. and has transformed his body composition, his health, and his fitness. Both Doug and his wife Lisa have shown so much discipline and consistency, and their hard work has been paying off over the past 10 months.

We are so happy to have you and Lisa at NoCoast, your kindness and your hard work is infectious, and we look forward to all of the workouts to come!

Quotes from Doug:

“Participating in the Whole 30 challenge this year was a real eye opener. I had been CrossFitting for 3 years at this point and during the Whole 30 challenge I was able to significantly improve my body compositional metrics, increased muscle, and reduced body fat.”

“Improved wellness is what keeps me coming back and my strongest motivator. I find the mental component of CrossFit is just as important, if not more so, then physically being able to go through the movements. I have noticed significant increases in my level of energy and cognitive focus and acuity and a reduction in my level of stress. The comradery at NoCoast really benefits the social aspect of wellness too.”

“CrossFit has truly been transformative. It has made me a better husband, father, friend, and employee.”

Age/Weight:

58/207bs

Athletic/Sports history/highlights:

I played multiple sports growing up. In high school it narrowed down to football and wrestling and then football in college.

How long have you been CrossFitting?

Approximately three and a half years.

How did you get into CrossFit?

My wife, Lisa, tricked me into joining her in a functional fitness class that she was doing at Lifetime Fitness. At that point I really thought that the CrossFit movements and workouts were beyond my physical ability.

What is your favorite WOD/CrossFit movement?

Rowing. I thought that I was a decent rower until I rowed next to Dakota Smith.

What is your least favorite WOD/CrossFit movement?

I don’t know that I have a “least favorite” movement, but long runs and burpees would not make my favorite list.

What is your most memorable CrossFit moment?

Completing Murph this year. The energy, and comradery at NoCoast made it a memorable experience.

How does nutrition play a role in your fitness and recovery?

Participating in the Whole 30 challenge this year was a real eye opener. I had been CrossFitting for 3 years at this point and during the Whole 30 challenge I was able to significantly improve my body compositional metrics, increased muscle, and reduced body fat.

How has CrossFit improved your overall wellness?

Improved wellness is what keeps me coming back and my strongest motivator. I find the mental component of CrossFit is just as important, if not more so, then physically being able to go through the movements. I have noticed significant increases in my level of energy and cognitive focus and acuity and a reduction in my level of stress. The comradery at NoCoast really benefits the social aspect of wellness too.

How has CrossFit changed your family?

CrossFit has truly been transformative. It has made me a better husband, father, friend, and employee.

Advice to new people:

“Just do it”. Find the right gym, with good coaching and supportive members, check your ego at the door, and if the workouts seem too daunting, break them down into manageable tasks. Regardless of your age, fitness level or physical limitations, CrossFit can accommodate all comers.